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Mackie Thump TH-15A 2-Way Active Loudspeaker (400 Watts, 1x15")

True to its name, the Mackie Thump TH-15A powered speaker delivers huge low end in a lightweight enclosure that's perfect for portable PA setups. (69) Read 38 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Product Description

When you need a lightweight and portable speaker, but don't want to sacrifice sound or performance, the Mackie Thump TH-15A offers the best of both worlds. The Mackie Thump features a large 15" woofer powered by a 300-watt class-D amplifier, and a 1" compression driver powered by a 100-watt class-A amplifier. The dual power amp design ensures that no single amp will be overworked -- generating less heat and delivering better performance. Phase-accurate electronic crossovers, time-aligned transducers, and digitally tuned EQ filters ensure a smooth and even response across the frequency spectrum, so no matter where your listener is, they will hear exactly what you want them to hear. With easy-access carrying handles, bottom speaker pole insert slot, and a design that allows the speaker to be used as a vertical PA speaker or horizontal stage monitor, the TH-15A is well-equipped to handle any gig. Weighing in at a meager 36 pounds, the TH-15A is easy to set up, tear down, and pack away, making it ideal for musicians on the go.

Professional Sonic Performance

On the bottom of the Mackie Thump TH-15A, you will notice two open ports that allow air to pass in and out of the enclosure. This ported design extends the speaker's low-end response, helping the 15" woofer deliver earth-shaking low-end. The intuitively designed waveguide allows the tweeter and woofer to work cohesively together, eliminating phase cancellation in the crossover area and dispersing sound evenly across a wide area in front of the speaker. The XLR input on the TH-15A features a high-quality pre-amp feeding a semi-parametric 3-band EQ with +/- 15 dB of gain, giving you powerful tone-shaping options directly on the back of the speaker. With this additional EQ at the input stage, you can add a little extra brightness to a dull signal, or add a little low-end to beef up a bass guitar or kick drum. DJs, rock bands, acoustic artists, karaoke singers and just about anyone that makes noise will fall head-over-heels for the pristine sound quality of the TH-15A.

Portable and Versatile for the Gigging Musician

Mackie understands that a gig can take place just about anywhere, which is why portability was paramount in the TH-15A's design. Great care was put into designing and building highly efficient components that required less space, weighed less, and performed well in demanding situations. The small footprint of the TH-15A allows it to be placed in even the tightest of spaces, making it ideal for DIY artists putting on gigs in less-than-ideal venues. In addition to being a world-class PA enclosure, the TH-15A can double as a monitor wedge: simply place the speaker on its side to angle the enclosure up at the performer, making it a professional-quality stage monitor worthy of any stadium stage.

Precision-Engineered Components for Pristine Sound

At the heart of the TH-15A lies the 300-watt class-D power amp driving the 15" woofer. Class-D amplifiers generate less heat, delivering more efficient operation and greater volume for longer periods of time. Because the class-D amplifier runs cooler than traditional amp designs, a smaller heat sink can be used to disperse excess heat, which reduces the weight of the TH-15A. The phase-accurate Linkwitz-Reilly electronic crossover acts as a director for your sound, splitting the signal into high- and low-frequency bands and sending those signals to the corresponding transducers. This process is also time-aligned so that each signal reaches its transducer at precisely the same moment, ensuring that no frequency band is out of phase, providing a crystal-clear and accurate sound. Both the woofer and tweeter of the TH-15A are protected against distortion by the active compression built into each signal path, clamping down on the gain when it reaches harmful levels. All of these components work together to offer you the highest sound quality, while maintaining a high level of efficiency.

Features:

- 400 watts of power, with Mackie's Fast Recovery (TM) technology
- 15-inch high-precision woofer
- 1-inch compression driver
- Mackie active electronics for system optimization
- Precision two-way crossover with transducer time-alignment
- Three-band semi-parametric EQ with variable mid-frequency
- Single XLR input
- Durable and lightweight construction
- Pole-mountable
- Lightweight and portable (36 pounds)

Mackie has been a driving force in the ever-growing popularity of powered PA speakers. Drawing from years of research and development, Mackie has created a highly versatile, powerful, and portable active speaker. Constructed from lightweight yet durable materials, the TH-15A is a professional-quality PA speaker that delivers more power and better sound than just about anything in its price range.

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Acoustic Performance
- Frequency Range (-10 dB): 40 Hz - 20 kHz
- Frequency Response (-3 dB): 50 Hz - 18.5 kHz
- Horizontal Coverage Angle: 90 degrees
- Vertical Coverage Angle: 60 degrees
- Maximum SPL Long-Term: 113 dB SPL @ 1m
- Maximum SPL Peak: 116 dB SPL @ 1m

Input/Output
- Input Type: Female XLR Balanced/Unbalanced
- Input Impedance: 20 k ohms balanced bridging; 10 k ohms unbalanced
- Loop-through: Male XLR Balanced/Unbalanced (parallel with input)
- Level Control: Rotating knob, 0 dB at center
- Sensitivity: +4 dBu for full output (Level Control @ Center) -36 dBu for full output (Level Control @ Max)

Transducers
- Low Frequency: 15 in/381 mm with steel frame, paper cone woofer
- High Frequency: Horn-loaded 1 in/25 mm exit, compression driver

Low Frequency Power Amplifier:
- Rated Power: 150 watts, 8 ohm load
- 182 watts peak
- THD: <0.1%
- Signal-to-Noise Ratio: > -94 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz, unweighted, referenced to 138 watts into 8 ohms
- Design: BTL Class D

High Frequency Power Amplifier
- Rated Power: 50 watts, 4 ohm load
- 60 watts peak
- THD: <0.1 %
- Signal-to-Noise Ratio: > -97 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz, unweighted, referenced to 50 watts into 4 ohms
- Design: Class AB

Electronic Crossover
- Crossover Type: 24 dB/octave
- Crossover Frequency: 3 kHz

Equalization
- Low Frequency EQ: +/-15 dB @ 80 Hz, shelving
- Mid Frequency EQ: +/-15 dB, bandpass, sweepable from100 Hz to 8 kHz
- High Frequency EQ: +/-15 dB @ 12 kHz, shelving
- Direct/EQ Switch: Bypasses EQ section

Protection Features
- Over-excursion Protection: Second-order sub-sonic filter
- Thermal Protection: Independent amplifier shutdown, auto reset
- Driver Protection: Independent HF and LF compressors

AC Power Requirements
- US: 120 VAC, 60 Hz
- Europe: 240 VAC, 50 Hz
- Korea: 220 VAC, 60 Hz
- Japan: 100 VAC, 50/60 Hz
- AC Connector: 3-pin IEC 250 VAC, 20 A male
- Fuse: 115 VAC: T 3.15 AL/250 V 230 VAC: T 2 AL/250 V
- Power Consumption: 320 watts with music, loud mix 20 watts quiescent (idle)

Construction Features
- Basic Design: Asymmetrical Trapezoidal
- Material: Polypropylene
- Finish: Textured
- Handles: One on each side, one on top
- Grille: Perforated metal with weather-resistant coating
- Display LEDs Front: Power ON, Rear: Power ON, OL (overload)

Physical Dimensions
- Height: 27.1" / 689 mm
- Width: 16.8" /427 mm
- Depth: 11.7" /296 mm
- Weight: 36 lb/16.3 kg

Mounting Methods:
- Pole-mountable via the built-in socket on the bottom of the cabinet. Be sure the pole is capable of supporting the weight of the TH-15A.

Disclaimer
Since we are always striving to make our products better by incorporating new and improved materials, components, and manufacturing methods, we reserve the right to change these specifications at any time without notice.
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Shipping Weight: 45 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 29 x 18 x 17 in
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 800-898-3211 and 425-487-4333

Product Description

Designed by the same team that produced Mackie's best-selling compact active loudspeakers, the Thump TH-15A active loudspeaker provides amazingly accurate response from 20 kHz all the way down to 40 Hz, giving it just the right amount of punch. Class D circuitry drives its custom, high-precision 15-inch woofer to greater volumes with less heat than is possible with competing designs. Onboard electronics include full system protection packed into a durable polypropylene enclosure, making TH-15A the most lightweight powerhouse in its class.

Exceptional Sonic Performance

TH-15A Active loudspeakers put out a tremendous amount of sound for their size and price tag. The two-way bass reflex (ported) design generates ample quantities of chest-pounding bass, and its 1 in. compression driver ensures smooth, wide dispersion. Mackie has even inserted a 3-band equalizer at the input to give you all the tonal control you could ever want, with an available 15dB boost or cut at 80 Hz (for the lows), 100 Hz to 8 kHz (sweepable mids) and 12 kHz (for the highs). With the TH-15A's extremely versatile EQ, you can add some extra Thump to that kick drum, bring out the sizzle in your hi-hats and add pop to vocals.

More Than Just a Powered Speaker Cabinet

Sure, the TH-15A has a built-in power amp kicking out 400 watts of power. Class D circuitry drives the woofer more efficiently with less heat byproduct than the competition's speakers. But so much more goes into an active loudspeaker design than just amplifiers. The active crossover divides the frequencies, time-aligns the signals for proper reproduction and sends them to the appropriate drivers; active compression provides protection for the drivers, and thermal circuitry protects the amplifiers. All the onboard electronic systems work together dynamically to produce superior quality sound previously unavailable in this price range.

Portability Meets Versatility

Not only is the TH-15A a superb PA enclosure, it also makes a superior monitor wedge -- just set the asymmetrical cabinet on its side and turn it up. Its compact, lightweight design means zero strain, whether mounting it on a high pole or loading up the van. The TH-15A's wide frequency response makes it ideal as a keyboard, vocal or even bass guitar monitor. The TH-15A has incredibly smooth, spike-free response and dispersion over a wide range of treble frequencies, so you can crank it without the fear of ear-splitting high-end feedback.

Protecting Your Investment

Because Mackie knows you probably push your loudspeakers really hard for long periods of time, they added some extra circuitry to keep your TH-15As performing at their best. You can run them to clipping without fear of thermal damage. They know things can get pretty hot in the real world, so if the electronics do overheat, separate thermal switches activate and shut down the high and/or low frequency amplifiers until they cool down. Each driver has its own transparent compression circuit, which helps protect them from damaging transient peaks. An Over-excursion filter, inserted just before the low frequency amplifier, protects the woofer from bottoming-out when the low-end is driven to the maximum. These extra protections ensure long life and loudspeakers you can count on.

Features:

- 2-way, bi-amplified, optimized active loudspeaker system
- Ported, bass reflex design for enhanced bass performance
- 24dB/octave crossover at 3kHz
- 15-inch high-precision LF driver
- Low-frequency over-excursion protection
- 1-inch compression driver
- 400 Watts System Power
- XLR Mic/Line input and pass thru
- 3-Band EQ with Sweepable Mid for clarity (with bypass)
- High SPL Output/Low Distortion
- Ideal for pole-mounting or stage monitor position
- Tough, impact-resistant polypropylene enclosure
- High-density adiabatic fiberfill absorbs internal reflections
- Convenient integrated handles in both sides and top
- Lightest, most portable active loudspeaker in its class (36 lbs!)
- Designed by award-winning Mackie Active team
Customer Reviews
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "Mackie Thump rocker!"
Sound: While overall sound quality is quite good, and BASS response in particular is impressive for cabinets of this size, I found the mids and highs to not quite have the projection of my JBL EONS, which seem to throw vocals out farther over a crowd. However for music I actually prefer the sound of these speakers, they have a nice warm sound to them that is quite pleasing and does not fatigue the ear after prolonged listening. For the price, they are great performers, but I think that for the general purpose PA work that such speakers are bound to be applied to I would need more punch in the midrange, particularly with vocals. The BASS response, while definitely there and in your face, is something I would trade a bit off for more output in the vocal range. Subs easily generate all the BASS anyone could need these days. Nice for music but not necessarily for live vocals. This is of course, just a personal observation... Overall these would make good mains in a smaller DJ system, or as part of a distributed system of several pairs of these, and I've had some pretty good results using them as side fill monitors for drummers who like its heavy BASS response. They also make great KeyBoard amps! Ease of Use: You plug them in, You add a signal, you turn them on, What else can you ask for with regards to simplicity? Quality: On this the speaker gets my indestructible vote. The cabinet is made of that molded plastic similar to my JBLs and looks just as tough. I am not encouraging the experiment but should this thing accidentally get tossed down a flight of stairs I don't think it would suffer too much. I would have like to see the knobs on the control panel recessed a bit more though, but as I've said earlier, I'm just nitpicking... Value: Overall I think these are awesome for the price! DJ's should love the low frequency output of these speakers and they surely are plenty loud! Manufacturer Support: I've had no experience with Mackie support, but then, I've yet to have a Mackie product fail on me. Hmnnnn... I see a pattern here. The Wow Factor: In these tough economic times I'm a tough sell, so I will always rate lower numbers for this category than most. On the other hand, I would buy another pair... So there you go. Overall: I tend to keep my gear for a long time, so I'm very picky about what I buy. I bought these for a specific set of applications, which they are very well suited to (Drum side fill monitors, mains for smaller DJ or music only systems, background music system for medium sized halls). I would and do indeed plan to buy another pair in the next few months. What would lead me to look for another product? Probably if this one where discontinued, otherwise I tend to stick with what I find works in a certain situation. Replacing things lost? I am fond of the JBL powered EON series and could see replacing these with the JBL's but I would use them in different applications than I would these. It's a matter of properly applying the tools you have.
Style of Music: Rock, Jazz, crossover
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "MACKIE IS THE BEST! NOTHING ELSE NEED BE SAID!"
Sound: The sound is flawless both with and without the EQ. Sound Quality garners compliments from my clients. I play all genre's of music from country, rock, & hip hop to techno, heavy rap, & Heavy METAL and the Thump 15's are phenomenal. I have yet to peak them out. I have played with them in banquet halls, on the beach, by the pool, and in a living room and they sound phenomenal. There is no need to turn these speaker past 1/2 volume. The sound is clear and brings to life highs, mids, and lows. Compared to previous system I have owned I wish I knew then what I know now and had went with Mackie in the beginning. The Thump is the best intro I could have had to Mackie speakers, since I have fought the urge to go with the best for 10 years now. I am now spoiled. Feature: Included 12 foot speaker cords. The only minus is I have to use additional connectors to reverse the male to a female XLR on my current cables. I found these, believe it or not, at radio shack. However, I plan to buy primary Mono from Mixer to Male XLR straight into the THUMPS. Quality: Lightweight but surprisingly large and very impressive. I don't play well with speakers, pretty rough on every pair I get. These have already got one small scratch on the back. Have only owned them for 2 months now so it remains to be seen. Like I said they are bit big and bulky but better than by 2x15's that I used to use. Large sound, with big bass. Glad I held off on the sub-woofer since I really don't need one with these. Manufacturer Support: No experience with the company in resolving any issues which I have not had any and from the reputation of Mackie I don't expect any. KNOCK KNOCK!! The Wow Factor: Compliments already from the staff at one venue. They said the speakers look great on a pole mount set up and the small blue light on the front looks cool in the pictures too. A client last night at a pool party asked me about the running man logo. Overall: I have a great sense of relief from worry since I feel confident that these speakers fulfill all of my sound needs. I would love to own the little brothers and the Mackie subs to go with them now. The wife says I have to get rid of about a dozen of my other brand speakers first. Anyone need old speakers look me up because I am on a MACKIE QUEST NOW...
Style of Music: Rock, Hip Hop, Country, Reggae, Jazz, Blues, Rap, Heavy Metal, Techno, Rave, Big Band, Classical, etc...
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